iPhone being restored

There are several reasons why you would want to delete all the data and information contained on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Maybe you want to sell your device to someone else, or give it to a family member. Or maybe you just want to start from scratch on a clean slate.

No matter what your reason may be, there are two ways to go at it. In this post, we will show you how to erase all content and settings on your iPhone or iPad, directly from your device, or from iTunes. Both methods can be used to wipe music, videos, photos, apps, messages, emails, contacts – everything! Additionally, all your settings will be completely reset.

How to delete everything from your iPhone or iPad

This is arguably the quickest and easiest way to delete everything on your device. Note that the steps are the same regardless of the device, be it an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Reset.

Step 2: Select Erase All Content and Settings. If you have a passcode enabled, you will be asked to type it.

Step 3: A message will warn you that this will delete all media and data and reset all settings. Tap Erase iPhone to confirm.

delete everthing on iPhone

Step 4: Another similar message will give you a final chance to cancel. If you’re sure you want to completely wipe your device, then tap Erase iPhone.

Step 5: If you have Find My iPhone enabled, you will be asked to type in your Apple ID and password. Enter your password and tap Erase. This will erase your device and remove it from your account.

The device will start the deletion process, which could take a few minutes. When done, your iPhone will be in the same state you found it when you first took it out of the box.

How to erase everything using iTunes

Another method to remove everything on your iPhone is to do so using iTunes.

Step 1: Plug your iPhone via USB to your computer, then launch iTunes.

Step 2: On the Summary page in iTunes, click Restore iPhone.

Restore iPhone in iTunes

Step 3: If you have Find My iPhone on, iTunes will display a message asking you to turn it off. To do so, go to your iPhone and navigate to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone > Off.

Step 4: Go back to iTunes and click Restore iPhone… one more time.

Step 5: A message will ask if you first want to back up your device. If you do, select Back Up. If not, select Don’t Back Up. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will not backup the device.

Step 6: You will then see a final warning similar to this: Are you sure you want to restore the iPhone “iPhone 5” to its factory settings? All of your media and other data will be erased. If you’re sure about yourself, click Restore.

Step 7: Depending on your situation, iTunes might tell you that it has detected purchased content that has not been synced with iTunes. Click Continue. You will always be able to download your content for free later on if necessary.

iTunes will start downloading the latest software available for your device, and once done, it will start restoring your iPhone, which should take a few minutes. Once done, you will have the opportunity to set up your iPhone from a previous backup (if available) or as a new phone. At this point, you can unplug the device and do whatever you want to do with it, such as selling it, or giving it to a friend or family member, etc.

  • Rares

    Unless you jailbreak than you can’t reset all settings and data. That’s why I don’t jailbreak no more.

    • There is SemiRestore. It keeps the jailbreak but removes all tweaks and resets it the same way shown above.

      • Jonathan

        I tried that once, it messed up Siri. Her English voice (US and Canadian) were broken. Other languages worked, but not English. I used iLex Rat for iOS 7 even with the Siri problem and it fixed it, not to mention did a proper semi-restore.

      • Manuel Molina

        How do you go about the process of a semirestore? That’s good information if you ever want to take your iPhone to Apple for a repair but don’t have time to restore it.

      • Dani Hayes

        No it is not. Cydia will still be there so they can still know you jailbroke your iDevice.

      • Manuel Molina

        Hide the cydia app?

    • Jack Wong

      I don’t jb anymore because I don’t want the mail.app to crash.

      Moreover, I can do tethering now.

  • “iPad, iPhone and iPod”. Another great Tutorial to last us until the 9th.. thanks guys!!

    • Star Lord

      With iOS 8 we can see more tutorial coming up like how to pick call from mac? Or how does Handoff work or even Continuity.

  • DumbDude

    next time tell me how to “slide to unlock”

    • Ray Pereyra

      You honor you name bro

  • La Cucaracha

    Really…?

    • Dani Hayes

      No it is all an elaborate hoax.

  • rockdude094

    Could just blow it up using TNT. In case you really want things erased

  • lakinen69

    Thanks for this nice tutorial.Could you please do this for Macbooks and iMacs also? I want to sell my old Macbook Air but I’m not sure how to actually erase everything ( files, passwords ), and to return it to factory settings. Thanks!

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  • Manuel Molina

    Thanks! That’s some useful information.

  • lakinen69

    Thanks man!

  • Nathan Pavlovsky

    I did this via the iPad, with deleting via factory settings…. now it has been loading for more than 12 hours…. should have deleted it through iTunes

  • Ceyhun Haciyev

    Hi, I hava an iphone 4.
    I tried to do as you recommended but I can not proceed to Reset stage.
    1) First tried to Reset it asked Passcode with four digits.
    2) Second one asked me to turn on Location service which i tried to do so but it is not working.
    I would appreciate if you could help me.